HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros announced today the signing of four selections from the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft: 1B Conrad Gregor (4th round), C Jacob Nottingham (6th round), OF Jon Kemmer (21st round) and OF Ronnie Mitchell (38th round). Contract terms were not disclosed. The announcement was made by Astros Director of Amateur Scouting Mike Elias.
Gregor, 21, becomes the Astros highest selection to sign since last weekend's draft. The first baseman/outfielder out of Vanderbilt hit .308 this season with 48 RBI and a .440 on-base percentage, while finishing tied for sixth in the country with 54 walks. A Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American, Gregor was named to the SEC All-Tournament Team this summer while Vanderbilt advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals. Gregor was signed by Astros Area Scout Nick Venuto.
"Conrad is an advanced, skilled hitter with a chance to be a dangerous middle-of-the-order bat," said Elias. "He has a sweet left-handed swing and a very disciplined approach that has worn out opposing pitchers in the SEC and the Cape Cod League. He has big raw power that we expect will continue to emerge as he develops, and with his speed, he could see time in the outfield as well as first base."
Nottingham, 18, hit .543 with seven homers and 31 RBI for Redlands High School in California this season. He was named the 2013 Citrus Belt League MVP, while leading his club to a share of the league title, and also earned 2013 California All-Region Second Team honors. Nottingham was signed by Astros Area Scout Brad Budzinski.
"Jacob is a very promising young catching prospect," said Elias. "He was a multi-sport athlete in high school and has shown us big game power along with a plus throwing arm. We are thrilled to get a catcher with his tools and leadership qualities into our system."
The Astros have signed 17 of their 40 draft picks this season, including five of their top 10.